Can nuts really help you slim down despite being loaded with calories? Well, nuts have been getting a lot of press lately among dieters and dieticians. So let’s dive in and see if we can learn more about the benefits and side effects of introducing a handful of nuts into your diet and take a closer look into some common nuts.
But first, watch this video from the New York Times.
Although major weight loss probably won’t be seen with adding nuts to your diet, it can help with maintaining weight. “Their mix of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber will help you feel full and suppress your appetite,” says Judy Caplan, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. So, a handful or two a little before dinner can help with portion control while getting those important nutrients that are packed in these nuts. These vitamins and nutrients have many positive effects on the body. Walnuts, for example, are said to be the best for your heart. They are rich is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which protects the heart in times of high stress, managing stress levels. Walnuts are also compared to olive oil as they can help reduce inflammation and oxidation of arteries after consumption of a meal high in fats. Almonds, on the other hand, are arguably the best nuts to disease prevention. They contain high amounts of calcium, essential for health of bones and prevention of osteoporosis; fiber, good for digestion and prevention of diabetes and heart disease; and vitamin E, rich in antioxidants. Almonds can also help strengthen your immune system. Like anything, nuts are only good in reasonable amounts, but they do have many important health benefits along with weight management!